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The Native American code of ethics

The Native Americans possessed some very different virtues than we tend to live by in our day and age. They looked at the world around them from a completely different lens. Compassion, understanding, selflessness, and respect laid the foundation for their way of interacting with the world.

The Native American culture is highly spiritual and places a great emphasis on the respect for Mother Earth, Father Sky, Grandfather Sun and Grandmother Moon as well as all living and non-living objects. Everything is seen as a part of the cosmic dance, and everything is therefore respected.

1) Rise with the sun to pray

Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.

2) Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path

Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.

3) Search for yourself, by yourself

Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

4) Treat the guests in your home with much consideration

Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.

5) Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture

If it was not earned or given, it is not yours.

6) Respect all things that are placed upon this earth

– whether it be people, animals, or plants

7) Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words

Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.

8) Never speak of others in a bad way

The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

9) All persons make mistakes

And all mistakes can be forgiven.

10) Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit

Practice optimism.

11) Nature is not for us, it is a part of us

Everything in nature is part of the worldly family.

12) Children are the seeds of our future

Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.

13) Avoid hurting the hearts of others

The poison of your pain will return to you.

14) Be truthful at all times

Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.

15) Keep yourself balanced

Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self, all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.

16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react

Be responsible for your own actions.

17) Respect the privacy and personal space of others

Do not touch the personal property of others, especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.

18) Be true to yourself first

You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

19) Respect the beliefs of others

Everybody has a right to their own opinion

20) Share your good fortune with others

Participate in charity.